Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Our newest challenge - Latex!

So we have just been informed that we will need to make our home Latex FREE. We had read about the high incidence of latex allergies with children who have Spina Bifida but didn't really comprehend what that meant for us. We are still not really sure exactly how you go about doing this - start in one room and "test" everything in it and then move on. We don't even think there is a test. That would be too easy. I'm guessing we will need to call manufactures and just get rid of a bunch of stuff to be safe. We were told we would get more info. and a handout next week when we go for our tour of the Spina Bifida Clinic at Millers.

If anyone out there reading this has had experience with creating a latex free environment and has advice for us PLEASE pass it along. We certainly want to do everything we can to make our home safe for baby girl.

Cute side story: Jack over heard Branden and I discussing this last night and asked what latex was and why we needed to remove it from our house. We did our best to explain it in 4 year old terms and he seemed satisfied with our answer and appeared to move on. Next thing we know we hear him in his room saying "latex, oh latex where are you? You need to come out and leave our house." It was so cute. We approached him and asked him what he was doing and he said "making his room safe for his baby sister and that he knew he had some latex hiding in his room". What a good big brother!!

Appointment updates:

Tuesday, June 9th: Meet with Dr. Javahery, Neurosurgeon (fyi - $330 non-covered office visit - YIKES!)

Tuesday, June 9th: Tour the Spina Bifida Clinic at Millers Children's hospital - FREE yeah!

Wednesday, June 17th: OB appointment

We will keep everyone informed on how those appointments go. As always, thank you for your continued love and support. I will try and post a preggo picture of me soon because I am getting BIG. Baby girl is also sitting pretty low. Today it felt as if she was going to fall out! Obviously she didn't :-)

Here's a few links I found on latex allergies:

http://www.latexallergylinks.org/EP.html
http://www.latexallergylinks.org/videos.html

4 comments:

Margot said...

Nicole, my OB (Dr. Carrie Rickard) has a latex allergy. Not quite sure if that helps any, but she might be able to help you out. She is in the practice across from LB Memorial with Dr. Kaleb, Makela, & Kelvie. Maybe another reference point for you. Hope it helps.

The Manwills said...

Hey Nicole, my good friend Sarah has a daughter with spina bifida. She lives here in Long Beach and I'm sure she would love to help you out with any questions you might have. Her blog is ahulllotoffun.blogspot.com and her email is sawaksmith@hotmail.com. I'll tell her that you might contact her if you want.

--Kendall

The Manwills said...

silly me! I just saw your link to her blog on the right, so you've already met her. How funny!

Grammy and Grampy said...

Hey Sweetie,
Auntie Frances is allergic to latex as well, I'm sure she could give us some incite. Love you all!